Friday, March 26, 2010

Spring is in Swing!

I will try to get some pictures of my own pretty flowers (I now have 9 tulips, 6 irises and several beautiful knock-out roses), but until tomorrow, when I will be planting the discount roses I bought for Ben, this beautiful shot will just have to do.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

DIA Design Fun

Here it is...the big design!  I'm so excited about our event!  See below for details:

Also, check out the new preliminary design for our new website!  I love it! 

Please check out MJinteractive design--she's amazing and works so quickly!

Calling all Columbia area kids and their families!

Join us for DIA (Diversity in Action)—a free, fun-filled festival celebrating children and culture through books. Enter the Storybook House or “Casa de Cuentos” for an afternoon of adventure. Your children will participate in interactive storytelling in English and Spanish, as well as dancing, music, crafts and food from many different cultures.

It will take place on April 24th from 1-4pm at the Keenan House in Columbia, SC (801 Wildwood Ave. Columbia, SC 29203). For more information on the event or if you would like to participate through song, dance, storytelling or crafts, contact Shelley Whipple at

Presented by: Columbia College Division of Languages and Literatures, L.E.E.R. Family Outreach, Palmetto Luna and Maria Palito USA

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Asheville Art

Thanks goodness it's Spring break!  The winter doldrums are starting to clear as I have one daffodil blooming and one iris!  There are many tulips popping up as well, but no blooms yet.  As inspiring as the Spring weather is, you all know that I'm always inspired when I get a chance to head up to Asheville for a little visit back home.  Not only is it refreshing to see my family (and my most adorable nephews!), but I always try to hit a few art galleries while I'm downtown to keep an eye out for something fresh to post here.

And my last trip did not disappoint.  I found two artists that I really like.  The first, Maggie Hopper, has made it difficult to copy pictures from her website, so the little bitty pics will have to give you a taste until you can head on over to her site to check her out for yourself.

And for the second Kristie Taylor, I don't believe the photos do justice to her work, so I'm only posting two shots.

They look better in these shots from a distance, than they do in the shots up close, but seeing them in person would be better.  Oh well, at least you get the idea.  What do you think--are their stars on the rise?  I hope so.  Enjoy.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Maria Palito

I've just discovered the cutest little website.  One of my students and I are planning an event called DIA (Diversity In Action) to celebrate diversity, children and literacy.  A friend has connected me with the designer of this website Maria Palito who does all her own graphic design, and sells super cute stuff for kids!  Jewelry, dolls, illustrations and more.  She's amazing!

image via maria palito
She's creating the design for the posters and flyers for our event so I thought I'd give her a shout out here.  I can't wait to post the design--it's going to be perfect!  Check out her site and tell me what you think.  (And her jewelry is 100% eco-friendly.)